Spring 2014 Queen City Soup Proposals

Proposal 1 "Pillow Talk with Joanne."

Joanne Spataro

lookitsjoanne@gmail.com

http://lookitsjoanne.com/pillow-talk

Tell us about yourself:

I’ve been a published writer and performer since age 13. I have written for The Advocate, The Huffington Post, and Creative Loafing, among other publications. I started my career as a teen movie critic at the Observer. I blend my often irreverent humor with my passion for LGBT issues and equality. With my brand Look It’s Joanne, I add an irreverent edge to my entertainment and news pieces. I have done other videos that include a two-part interview with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, a visit to a transgender clothing drive and brief sketch comedy videos. “Pillow Talk with Joanne” is my first web series.

Project Summary:

"Pillow Talk with Joanne" is the only local web series in Charlotte where the host interviews guests in bed. As an independent journalist, I take a fresh approach to the usual interview format. No chairs, no voice recorder. Just a camera and a 60s kitsch style bed as my set. By letting my guests lay back and relax, I allow audiences to see a new, often more open side of Queen City politicians and public figures. While there's no agenda or pre-written questions, there are plenty of pajamas and bedtime mimosas -- all while tackling issues related to Queen City politics, arts and relationships.

Here is the first episode with guest community advocate and former Mecklenburg County Commission chairperson Jennifer Roberts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wap5hR_Wgtw

How will you use Queen City Soup grant funding for your project?

I will use the grant funding towards my season two budget. Season two will run from March 25 through April 22. My costs generally include pre-production, production and post-production costs associated with filming and editing the show. Since I am in a multi-purpose role as the talent/set designer/editor/co-producer, among other roles, I will need to at least partially fund my time and materials for this season. I also need to pay my videographer-co-producer, Donald Devet, for his time and materials. This micro-grant would allow me to complete season two.

Why does this project matter to the Charlotte community?

Charlotte is in need of a quirky, refreshing perspective on local news, arts & entertainment and public figures. Media in the Queen City often takes itself too seriously. I'm challenging viewers to be entertained and informed in a tongue-in-cheek style. I'm part of the movement to keep Charlotte weird, and this is my contribution.

What is the time frame for your project and how will you share updates with us as things progress?

I want to start filming season two in mid-February, early March. The season will premiere on March 25. I will share updates through my weekly e-newletter, Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. I want to share my progress with you as much as possible via regular emails just to you as well.


Proposal 2 The Descent of Man

Sean Busher

sean@seanbusher.com

http://seanbusher.com

Tell us about yourself:

 

I am an advertising photographer specializing in conceptual imagery with CGI & 3D integration. I am a Charlotte native exploring the world through a metaphysical perspective with particular interest in the worlds of quantum physics and potential links to spirituality.

Project Summary:

 

It's a photo project about the creationism/evolution debate. In a nutshell, the project is about our public discourse on the debate and how we pretty much all act like monkeys throughout the conversation. It shows Jesus teaching this subject to elementary school children and getting sued by an angry parent. Throughout the project, as the nine-image series tell it's story through a school board meeting, jury trial and subsequent rioting, the scenes include more and more CGI chimpanzees instead of people in order to represent the de-evolution apparent in our public conversation.

The point of the project is really to say the public debate has been overtaken by the extremists in our society, and that most people actually fall somewhere in between creationists (and a literal interpretation of the Bible) and scientists (and a belief that any spirituality beyond atheism is a hindrance to their craft). I think most people want to embrace science fully and also acknowledge, or are at least curious about, spirituality.

How will you use Queen City Soup grant funding for your project?

 

The visuals of the project are now almost complete. So now I am at the beginning stages of putting together an art event that will exhibit the work. I say "art event" because I want live art to be happening at the opening too. For instance, in the seventh image of the project an attorney is talking to the jury (of half people and half CGI chimps) about the difference between man and ape by showcasing two cages - "Exhibit A" and "Exhibit B". One cage has a naked man and one cage has a silver back gorilla I photographed at the NC Zoo. So at the opening, I'm considering putting a naked man and a monkey into cages that are hoisted into the rafters.

There are other ideas I have for the opening event too, but those are still being sorted out. Any money I acquire through Queen City Soup would be used towards the construction or rental of large cages that will house the naked man and chimp/monkey.


Why does this project matter to the Charlotte community?

The creationism vs. science debate is raging in our society and has been doing so ever since Darwin published On Origin of Species in 1859 and the Monkey Trial of 1925 that first challenged the teaching of evolution in our schools. Charlotte, in the heart of the Bible belt, is a prime location to showcase a project that questions both of these teachings. Maybe, if Charlotte can find a way to embrace a viewpoint that recognizes the validity of both science and spirituality, then so can the rest of the world.

What is the time frame for your project and how will you share updates with us as things progress?

 

I'm hoping to exhibit this project in the next six months to a year. I'm happy to share progress in whatever way is best for QCS, and will also be doing so through our blog/website and other social media outlets.


Proposal 3 Clean Graffiti

Torrie Savage

torrie@thesavageway.com

http://thesavageway.com

Tell us about yourself:

 

#thesavageway is a company built upon a foundation of positive change, creative thinking and outside-the-box execution. Focusing on social media, marketing, branding and consulting, #thesavageway is attempting to help small businesses gain the exposure needed to be a success. Services include creating an online identity, clean graffiti, inspiring clients and positively influencing the Charlotte community.

Project Summary:

 

Clean Graffiti is an eco-friendly, green advertising medium that is the process of taking a dirty sidewalk and leaving a clean message. #thesavageway, a local marketing and social media company, will create a Clean Graffiti art project boasting positive messages to Charlotteans at targeted locations of the Queen City.

How will you use Queen City Soup grant funding for your project?

 

The grant will help to fund the Clean Graffiti project from creation to execution.

Materials (stencils, design fees), Execution fees (mapping, application of project), publicity

Why does this project matter to the Charlotte community?

Clean Graffiti is an innovative, creative, eco-friendly medium that is perfect for this southern city. Charlotte is also a progressive city that should embrace such green-thinking projects (be it art or advertising). Charlotte could be one of the first cities to maximize it's green efforts by embracing Clean Graffiti while also leaving the residents and visitors of this great city with positive, feel good messages. ​Clean Graffiti is something that this town has not seen on a large scale and the "talkability" of this project would be great publicity for Project Art Aid and the Charlotte art community in general.

What is the time frame for your project and how will you share updates with us as things progress?

 

Once approved for the grant, turn around time is roughly 3-4 weeks from conception to execution. We will share updates via our social media sites and blog. We will share to the Project Art Aid Facebook page as well. We are open to other avenues if previous grant recipients have use portals to share updates that have been successful.

Proposal 4 Sinergismo

Gretchen Jax

gjax@charlotteballet.org

http://sinergismo-nc.com

Tell us about yourself:

 

Sinergismo is a multi-disciplinary collaborative performance art ensemble comprised of professional dancers, visual artists, poets, and musicians on a mission to make innovative and inspiring art. Sinergismo was founded in 2002 by dancers Gretchen Jax, Jacki McCarthy and visual artist Jon Rajkovich while they were students at Winthrop University. We have since added visual artist Jon Prichard, poet Brittney Prichard and composer Gene Bledsoe to our core ensemble. Secondary ensemble members include dancers, musicians, and visual artists from around the Charlotte region.

Project Summary:

 

Sinergismo has performed at venues such as Discovery Place, the McColl Center, and Gallery 701 in Columbia, SC, but we have never been able to afford  presenting our work in a formal theater setting. This is our 12th year anniversary, and to mark the occasion, we would like to present a retrospective evening that will include 4 pieces from our repertoire and a new work. We will bring in guest artists from past collaborations and invite new

collaborators to join us of the celebration.

How will you use Queen City Soup grant funding for your project?

 

The funding would be used to help offset the cost of renting a performance venue. Any leftover funds would be used to pay for rehearsal studio rentals.

Why does this project matter to the Charlotte community?

As a small arts organization, we are entirely self funded. Supporting smaller arts organizations, such as ours, will work to strengthen the arts community in

our city. This project would offer our fellow Charlotteans an opportunity to support the individual artists living in their communities, and it would allow us the opportunity to expose ourselves to a wider audience.

What is the time frame for your project and how will you share updates with us as things progress?

 

We plan to present the retrospective concert in the spring of 2015. This will give us ample time to rehearse and reconstruct each piece. We will share our progress through open rehearsals and rehearsal videos, as well as keep in contact through emails and phone calls.